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Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More

Leadership for a Lifetime: Other-Centeredness

11/23/2015 12:49:27 AM

Has anyone ever done something nice for you that was so refreshing, it made your day? Maybe the person ahead of you at Starbucks paid for your coffee. A family member did your chores for you (without being asked). A friend brought or bought you dinner. It feels good, doesn’t it, when others go out of their way to express kindness to us?   And, it works both ways. When we’re the giver…we, too, share in the joy of the receiver. (As we enter the season of gifts, you’--- Read More

Leadership for a Lifetime: Resilience

11/14/2015 1:54:14 PM

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. Ernest Hemingway    You don’t have to live very long to realize that things don’t always go the way we plan—or the way we want. You’ll bomb a test or get a low grade in a class. A boyfriend or girlfriend will break up with you. You may get sick or experience an injury. It may take a while to make friends or find your dream job.  But, when these kinds of things --- Read More

Leadership for a Lifetime: Balance

11/3/2015 2:02:05 PM

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges for students post-high school isn’t how to avoid all the potential pitfalls of independent living. For many, it can be learning to say NO to too many good things!   In college, for example (or in their new environment), there are so many new opportunities to spend their time: New friends. New classes. Intramurals. Games. Parties. Clubs. Service opportunities. And what if they “go Greek?”—another entirely different set of possibi--- Read More

Leadership for a Lifetime: Passion

10/17/2015 5:12:16 PM

The year was 1973 and I was enjoying my first year of independent life as a college freshman. On the other hand, our nation was in a full-blown funk, consumed with Watergate and the Vietnam War. We needed a shot in the arm and bad. Who would have known it would come in the form of a horse?   For a quarter of a century, America had been waiting for another Triple Crown winner. Some had come close, but often the Belmont Stakes proved insurmountable. But, this year would be different. It was--- Read More

Leadership for a Lifetime: Brand

10/15/2015 6:39:23 PM

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. ~Socrates   What do Google, Apple, Facebook, Disney, Nike, McDonalds, BMW, Coca Cola, Lego, Coach, Harley Davidson, and you have in common? The answer is your own brand. That’s right—your brand! Chances are you don’t think of yourself in this way, but hear me out.   If you Google the term “brand,” you’ll see descriptions such as: what you stand for the represen--- Read More

Leadership for a Lifetime: Positivity

10/15/2015 3:02:19 PM

It’s been said you will become the average of the three to five people with whom you spend the most time. Can you see it?  Positive, motivated people challenge and inspire us to be our best.  Negative, unmotivated people can drag us down and reinforce a mindset of mediocrity.   Great leaders surround themselves with positive influences and steer clear of the negative ones. This principle is not only true for relationships; it applies to any influence we take in, such as mu--- Read More

Leadership for a Lifetime: Self-Awareness

10/10/2015 11:53:56 AM

When you look at yourself in the mirror, whom do you see? Is the image clear or blurry? Do you like what you see or wish you could have a makeover? Are you a kitten who sees a lion or a lion who sees a kitten? Unfortunately, most of us lack a complete and accurate understanding of ourselves because our perception is distorted through our own biased lens. Each one of us is filled with valuable treasure, but for many it lies buried beneath the surface, waiting to be revealed. I daresay this is t--- Read More

Leadership for a Lifetime: Intentionality

10/3/2015 7:16:00 PM

“The quality of your commitments will determine the course of your life.” – Ralph Marston   Everyone has a dream—or at least, they should! The question is, will that dream become a reality? Success doesn’t come easily and dreams don’t automatically come true. It takes hard work and proactivity.   What makes the difference between a dreamer and an achiever? One key attribute is a leadership quality we call intentionality. Here’s what it look--- Read More

Leadership for a Lifetime: Vision

9/27/2015 12:21:05 AM

 If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. ~Lawrence J. Peter   For those of us who grew up in the Sixties, July 20, 1969 will go down as the most inspirational day of our lives. We gathered around our TV sets in wonder as Neil Armstrong spoke these immortal words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Our nation was brimming with pride.   A mere eight years earlier, America’s new and char--- Read More

New Blog Series: Leadership for a Lifetime

9/18/2015 2:24:56 PM

 "Leadership for a Lifetime" talk to high school seniors, FCCLA National Conference in Washington, DC with Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence   Where will they go from here?   It’s a question every parent, educator, and mentor has likely pondered as the children under their guidance prepare for their launch into the real world. They’ve offered love, security, wisdom, and training and have left indelible marks on these young adults. They’ve contributed to their --- Read More

Parenting Teens: When Things Get Rocky

9/13/2015 12:42:16 AM

Every relationship goes through its ups and downs. For parents, the teen years provide more opportunities for conflict and stress within your household. Teenagers are processing a lot (they’re changing physically and emotionally, discovering their passions and goals, planning their future, etc.), while parents are trying to transition from control to influence. Often, a certain tension permeates the air as launch time approaches.   As our children transition toward adulthood, changi--- Read More
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